Winery Wednesday features Odonata Winery

With special guest: Steve Carrico from Burke Wine

There are endless possibilities with respect to winemaking. Denis Hoey’s openness and commitment is what drives the winery to produce cutting edge wines of top quality.

Flight of 4 wines: $14.00

2016 Odonata, Rose’ of Sangiovese, Santa Clara Valley, Ca
Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $18.99

2015 Odonata, Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $22.99

 2014 Odonata, Malbec, Lodi, CA
Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $26.99

2013 Odonata, Petite Sirah, Santa Clara Valley, CA
Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price $26.99

Odonata Wines is a small family winery owned and operated by Denis Hoey. Denis is also the winemaker.

 Denis, a native of Sacramento, grew up in a family that appreciated wines and exposed him to a wide range of quality wines that helped develop his palate. In 2004 he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Management and soon after met Jeff Emery, owner and winemaker at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Their relationship quickly turned into an Old World apprenticeship for Denis, and he became the production manager for SCMV before starting Odonata Wines in Santa Cruz 2005.
He learned many of his cellar practices at Bison Organic Brewery in Berkeley working with a much more perishable product. This taught him the importance of giving careful attention to spoilage organisms. His continuing education involves following current trends in winemaking research from the major universities. He has traveled to Italy and France on several occasions to gain a broader perspective about European winemaking techniques and varietal fidelity. He maintains a sharp palate for quality and the nuances of wines by tasting, tasting, and more tasting. He continues to challenge himself to make better wine by learning from what others are doing well--or not so well!